100th Anniversary of the Volstead Act

June 27, 2019 marked the beginning of the 100th anniversary of the prohibition of alcohol in the United States. While the 18th Amendment of the Constitution was ratified in January 16, 2019, it wasn’t until the introduction and approval of the Volstead Act that prohibition was federally enforced.

The Temperance movement began in the early 1800’s within Christian churches, and then led to the Anti-Saloon league that lobbied heavily for prohibition. It was the Anti-Saloon league that pushed for the drafting of the Volstead Act, which was named after Andrew Volstead, a Representative from Minnesota, who sponsored and promoted the bill.

Prohibition was ended in 1933 with the ratification of the 21st Amendment, effectively repealing the 18th Amendment.